SummerFest celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer/conductor Richard Strauss!
Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony, and other orchestral works, such as Metamorphosen. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.
Pittsburgh native Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and many others.
You are cordially invited to join Pittsburgh Social Exchange at the prestigious and historic Twentieth Century Club for Backstage Pass to the Opera Theater, a unique business networking event with an insider view that few will ever see. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity!
An exciting new international cultural enterprise launched in Verviers, Belgium in December 2013. For many years an internationally-recognized competition for identifying and rewarding young talent (once such winner was soprano Renée Fleming), the competition ceased in 2007. However, SummerFest Europe has revived the tradition, holding its first international singing competition at the Conservatoire de Verviers, Belgium, on 19-20 December 2013.
Join us for the third SummerFest season during three weeks in July 2014! From July 11–27, you'll enjoy thrilling new productions, recitals, a first look at our newly commissioned opera on the life of Rachel Carson, dining, and cabaret, all at the lovely Twentieth Century Club in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. With its close proximity to parking, dining, cultural organizations, and public transportation, The Twentieth Century Club is a convenient location with dazzling Art Deco interiors.